Bethel College Hosts Guest Speaker Dr. Peter Kivisto to Lecture on “Who’s Afraid of Multiculturalism - and Why?”

Prominent sociologist Dr. Peter Kivisto of Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill., will speak on multiculturalism in the United States and around the world at Bethel College Thursday, Dec. 6 at 12:30-1:50 p.m. The talk will also examine how multiculturalism can be an important part of an educational experience in a college campus setting. Why are people afraid of diversity? Come hear some insights into this important topic that has become an area of concern in many of our schools and colleges today. The lecture will take place in the Miller/Moore Academic Center Room 342 (AC 342). Admission is free and the event is open to the public.


Dr. Kivisto is Richard Swanson Professor of Social Thought and Chair of the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Welfare at Augustana College. His special interests are immigration sociology, ethnic and racial studies. He has published dozens of books in the field of sociology, written numerous academic articles and presented countless lectures regionally, nationally and internationally. He is the editor of The Sociological Quarterly, a premier sociological journal. This lecture is presented to the Bethel community by the Sociology of Race & Ethnicity class and the Department of History & Contemporary Society and by the School of Education.


For more information please contact Dr. Mika Roinila at 574.257.2658.


Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 12 countries, more than 25 denominations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic

achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.


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